By Meaghan Frazier Special Correspondent
February 6, 2014
Beavercreek football standout Airius Moore decided at the last minute not to attend Indiana University on a football scholarship, but to sign a National Letter of Intent to go to North Carolina State University, instead.
Moore, a 2013 First Team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference selection and 2013 Defensive Athlete of the Year for the GWOC Central has committed to North Carolina State to continue his basketball and football career.
On the court, Moore has helped to Beavers to a 13-5 record overall and a 6-2 conference record so far this year, and has ranked himself as one of the highest scoring guards in the GWOC in the 2013-14 season.
Fellow Beavercreek student athletes JoAnna McNutt, Danielle Beranek, Mike Berry, Alex Anders, Austin Cull, Madison McKinney, Mellonee Hall, Riley Doyle, Rachel Westerkamp and Chandra Hohne are expected to sign their letters of intent in a special signing ceremony at the the school at 3:15 p.m. Friday.
McNutt is headed to Cornell University. She has helped the Dayton Boat Club place in the top-10 nationally in the past 8 of 9 years. McNutt has also achieved the honor of being one of the fifty-six students on a national level, recognized as a scholastic athlete by USRowing.
Beranek, a four-year varsity distance runner for Beavercreek, has committed to University of the Cumberlands to continue her cross-country career at the collegiate level. As a senior, Beranek placed 14th at the Troy Division-I Regional meet, running a time of 18:52.92, highest among all Beavercreek girls in the 5,000 meters.
Berry, rated as a three-star quarterback in high school by espn.go.com, has committed to Toledo where he will make the conversion to a outside linebacker upon his arrival. Berry, a 6-foot-1, 219 pound pocket-passer ran a 4.85, 40-yard dash at the SPARQ Combine and was named an Honorable Mention All-GWOC Central his junior year after rushing for 705 yards and five touchdowns. Most recently, Berry was named to the Second Team All-Division for the GWOC Central.
Anders, who is headed to Sinclair Community College, was the 14th ranked pitcher in the GWOC with a 1.65 era and was the 2nd ranked among the GWOC in wins by a pitcher. Anders also received the honors of GWOC First Team All-Division and led the Beavers to a 14-10 overall record in the 2013 season.
Cull, a 6’4”, 215-lb senior committed to Urbana University as a halfback who will also get some playing time as a stand-up tight end. Cull averaged 4.5 rushing yards per carry and 12.3 receiving yards in the 2013 season totaling to one touchdown.
A 2013 GWOC First Team All Conference selection, 2013 GWOC Central Athlete of the Year, and 2013 First Team All Division recipient, future Wright State Raider McKinney scored 3 goals and tallied up 3 assists in 19 games during the 2013 season for the Beavers.
During her senior year, Hall, the 2013 GWOC Second Team All Conference recipient played 20 games and had one assist, helping the Beavers to a 14-4-1 record and a 1st place finish in the GWOC Central. She is headed to Wilmington College.
Throughout the 2013 season, future Notre Dame College attendee Doyle scored four goals and had six assists during 19 games and helped the Beavers finish 1st in the GWOC Central with a 14-4-1 record. As a junior, Doyle had 11 goals and 9 assists for a total of 31 points.
Named as the Adidas Player of the Game at the 2012 Adidas National Soccer Showcase, Westerkamp, who’s headed to Illinois Wesleyan, has proven herself to play college soccer.
A future Ashland University student athlete, Hohne took her talent to the Ohio Galaxies FC 95 Elite club team where they were ranked as the 5th best team in the state of Ohio and were 2013 Ohio State Finalists.
Xenia signing ceremony today
Due to the recent batch of inclement weather, the National Letter of Intent signing ceremony at Xenia High School has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. today.
Xenia High will host a signing ceremony for soccer players Taylor Greene, Megan Wilcox and Tiffany Wisecup, at 2 p.m. today at the high school. Greene is expected to sign with Northern Kentucky University; Wilcox is said to be headed to Wright State University; and Wisecup is expected to sign at St. Bonaventure.
Xenia football coach Bob DeLong says seniors Eddie McGee, Korey Stills, Kole Patterson, Tyler Campbell and Tyler Steward will be signing their NLIs at a later date.